‘Open your eyes’ / ‘Where’s your smile’

Label: North Board Street Records – Catalog: NBS004 – Release: May 2021 – Format: 7’

Cynthia formerly of Cynthia and the Imaginations gives us truly superb 5 minutes of pure soul from the heart, showcasing her out stand out vocals. A beautiful modern soul ballad that you will playing on rotation for sure.

Arenita formerly of the Lollipops gives us a modern soul masterpiece and without doubt a future classic. Written by Girty/Walker and produced by Don Davis all three great friends, with Tony Green on drums, Ruby Robinson on keyboard with Cecil Womack arranging.

“Here we are”Standing on shoulders of giants”

Never was there a true saying – The fourth release from North Board Street Records has two magical tracks taken from a 42 year master reel from Don Davis at United Sound Studio on 2nd Avenue, Detroit Michigan. Remastered by our production engineer, to bring out the very best audio possible, resulting in another outstanding 45.

Having held these tracks tracks for just under a year, following the Underground Groove show’ with Cliff Steel as their guest, Cliff introduced NBS to Cynthia Girty allowing us to chat directly with Cynthia to licence these tracks whilst also discussing some exiting projects for NBS and Cynthia to work together on in the future. Chatting with Cynthia via emails, we were blown away when we realised that the sessions we were actually with Arenita Walker together with Cynthia, the famous wtiting team and the very best friends.

Both friends were happy to talk to us about their lives and their musical experiences. Both had touched success at truly iconic labeld such as Impact, VIP, Magic City, Big Hit, Blue Rock and working with giants of Detroit music scene such as Cody Black, Diamond Jim, Don Davis, Funk Bros, Bobby Womack, David Ruffin, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Ed Berts, Harry Balk, Johnny Mae Matthews and the list could go on.

Together they would go on to write hit after hit for Bobby Womack, David Ruffin and many more whilst also showcasing their own talents as part of Bootsy Collins and Parliament as backing singers. Included in the purchase of this NBS004 is a wonderful booklet that show cashier lives on the Detroit music scene and the impact they had as young ladies, which still stand the test of time today on the northern soul scene all around the world.

North Board Street Records are proud, honoured and blessed to have work with Arenita and Cynihia to bring you this fantastic test pressing.

Colin Law